Emergency Preparedness

16 Prepper Gifts for the Holiday Season

Another Holiday Season is officially upon us! And with it, the tradition of gift-giving. While a lot of people load up on plastic trinkets and dollar store novelty items, for preparedness-minded folks, this is one more great opportunity to stock up on some supplies that matter.
So, whether you’re on the giving or receiving side of the equation this season, here are some great ideas of things that any prepper would be thrilled to get!
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How to Extend Your Radio’s Signal

Every emergency kit should feature at least one basic communication tool. From signal mirrors to cellphones, it’s important to have at least one tool that can help you to communicate with others in the event that you’re stranded or in need of assistance. Radios, like basic two-way units, are especially popular with “preppers.” A small group of individuals can use some basic two-way radios to stay in touch with one another over a short distance, and other units can […]

How to Make a Spotlight From a Flashlight

If you’re preparing an emergency kit for your home, it’s important that you remember to pack away something that you can use for signaling for help. While a radio is always a good way to go, sometimes a basic signal mirror is all you need to signal for help if you’re ever stranded or in need of assistance. However, in order to use a signal mirror effectively, you need to be able to use it during the day. Without […]

Contain Rainwater For Gardens and Lawns, Fight the Drought with Harvested Rain Water

The entirety of the West Coast is currently in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recent history. In fact, in California, the U.S. Drought Monitor notes that over 70 percent of the state suffers from extreme drought, and in Nevada, 76 percent suffers from severe drought too. However, scientists and climatologists are hopeful that the upcoming winter (and the accompanying El Nino, which is expected to peak later this fall) will bring plenty of rain to […]

California & Oregon Wildfire Destroy Thousands of Acres This Summer

The West Coast had a particularly trying summer. California, Washington and Oregon were all hit by a number of different forest fires, and collectively, thousands of acres burned. In California, according to CNN, more than two-dozen separate wildfires burned more than 130,000 acres—that’s just about three times California’s typical five-year wildfire average of nearly 50,000 acres during the usual fire season. In the Northwest, hundreds of Washington and Oregon residents were forced to evacuate their homes—in one town in […]

What to do during a Tsunami warning?

Afflicting coastal communities around the world, tsunamis are large wave surges that are caused by disturbances such as volcanic eruptions, landslides or earthquakes. Given that they’re typically caused by hard-to-predict events, it’s difficult to know exactly when a tsunami might strike. So, if you happen to live in a coastal region that could potentially be subjected to tsunamis, then it’s important that you prepare in advance. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare for a possible tsunami.
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How to Prepare for a Tornado?

Each year, roughly 1,200 tornadoes touch down in the United States, and these powerful, sometimes devastating columns of fast-moving air cause roughly a billion dollars’ worth of property damage annually. While it can be difficult to predict exactly when and where a tornado will strike, scientists do understand the specific atmospheric conditions needed to create tornadoes. This means that organizations like NOAA can give advanced tornado warnings to residents, allowing them to prepare or evacuate in ahead of time. […]

Tips for Surviving a Hurricane

There are few forces of nature on this earth that are as powerful as a hurricane. Strong hurricanes, like Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Katrina, can be life threatening, and they often cause billions of dollars worth of property damage. In fact, according to USA Today, the largest global disaster of 2012 was Hurricane Sandy (it cost roughly $65 billion dollars worth of damages). While hurricanes can vary in strength, any hurricanes that are over a three on the Saffir-Simpson […]

Tips for Surviving a Wildfire

While wildfires can strike nearly anywhere in the United States, they are typically more common in the western United States. In the first six months of 2015, there were nearly 30,000 wildfires throughout the U.S.—these fires burned up a grand total of over three million acres. Whether lightning starts wildfires naturally or they’re created by human action, wildfires can be terribly destructive. One of the most devastating wildfires in the U.S. was the Oakland fire of 1991 in California. […]

Tips for Surviving a Flood

Floods are common throughout the United States, and most flooding events are relatively harmless. However, major floods, especially those caused by hurricanes, can be extremely serious. In fact, during Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, and the floods claimed hundreds of lives and caused damage to roughly 70 percent of the city’s occupied housing. Learning how to prepare for a flood can mean the difference between safety and tragedy, so here are a few key points […]